Posted by Carolyn B on January 12, 1998 at 22:14:33:
I'm one of those readers who ignores the sweeping themes of literature and ponders over the tiny details of material culture and social history, so....
In ch. 23 when they are touring the Abbey, they pass through
" a dark little room, owning Henry's authority, and strewed with his litter of books, guns, and great coats."
Is this his bedroom? Or just his study/den/mudroom? I would assume the latter since it would be improper for Catherine to visit the former?
And what does a great coat look like?
I imagine a long overcoat with that sort of shoulder cape attached. (Don't know the technical terms). I love the line in Ch. 20 when Henry is driving Catherine who notices how
"his hat sat so well, and the innumerable capes of his great coat looked so becomingly important!"
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